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Plan to Cut Pollution from Combustion Plants Watered Down by the Council

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18/12/2014

Today (Dec 17, 2014) the Council of Ministers agreed on a position that would limit emissions from medium-size combustion plants [1] but create too many loopholes and unjustified flexibility schemes to be fully effective. The Council’s position exempts operators of refineries, plants operated on large-scale farming sites or plants on islands and there would be complex transition periods for ...

The future of fusion power

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17/12/2014

The next two years in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) may see fusion research embark on a landmark period of innovation. In his address to the NSE community in the inaugural Del Favero Doctoral Thesis Prize Lecture, Zach Hartwig PhD '14 not only described his group’s research achievements but also explained why, in his view, fusion research should now be at ...

Energy support policies: putting the EU on a low-carbon path?

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17/12/2014

European countries have increased renewable energy’s share of energy consumption in recent years, in part thanks to support mechanisms for the renewables sector. A new report finds that many energy support policies could be better focused to lead the EU more effectively to decarbonise the energy sector. ‘Energy support measures and their impact on innovation in the renewable energy ...

Global Chemical Control Handbook Published by ABA SEER

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16/12/2014

The attorneys, scientists, and regulatory professionals of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are proud to have authored Global Chemical Control Handbook: A Guide to Chemical Management Programs, recently released by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C and ...

TOC in ultrapure water

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18/12/2014

The guidelines in the use and production of ultrapure water are already known. Thus, fast and accurate measurements are required to initiate remedial measures in case of contamination. LAR´s QuickTOCpurity meets these requirements. The TOC analyser QuickTOCpurity determines reliably the true total organic carbon content (TOC) in lowest measuring ranges, in less than 3 minutes ...

Obama withdraws Alaska`s Bristol Bay from drilling

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17/12/2014

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay ...

Waste prevention: decoupling waste generation from economic growth

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18/12/2014

Preventing waste is a top priority of waste policy in the European Union with potential economic and environmental benefits. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report reviews the state of play in the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EEA report ‘Waste prevention in Europe’ shows that by the end of 2013, 18 of 31 countries had adopted waste prevention ...

Indictments in West Virginia chemical spill case

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18/12/2014

Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two others with failing to ...

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